Swat District

district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

Swat District is a district in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. The capital of Swat is Saidu Sharif, but the main city in Swat is Mingora. It was a princely state until 1969, when it was dissolved and made part of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. It is the third largest district in KPK with a population of 2,309,570. It is mainly populated by Pashtuns who speak the Pashto language.

Swat District
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The Valley of Swat
Switzerland of Pakistan
Map of Swat district

With many lakes, green meadows and mountains, it is popular with tourists.



Swat is surrounded by Chitral, Upper Dir and Lower Dir in the West, Gilgit-Baltistan in North, Upper and Lower Kohistan, Buner and Shangla in the East and south East.

Administrative divisions


The District of Swat is subdivided into 7 Tehsils[1] i.e.

  1. Tehsil Babuzai
  2. Tehsil Matta
  3. Tehsil Khwaza Khela
  4. Tehsil Barikot
  5. Tehsil Kabal
  6. Tehsil Charbagh
  7. Tehsil Bahrain



Swat is populated mostly by ethnic Pashtuns and Kohistani communities. The main language spoken is Pashto, with a minority of Torwali and Kalami Kohistani speakers in the Swat Kohistan region of Upper Swat.

According to 1981 census, Pashto is main language and spoken by 90.28% of population while Kohistani is spoken by 8.67%.